RE-DESIGNING THE EAST. Political Design in Asia and Europe

Exhibiton: 25 September 2010 – 9 January 2011
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

Opening: 24 September 2010, 7 pm

The exhibition Re-Designing the East: Political Design in Asia and Europe highlights critical and resistive design practices in (Eastern) Europe and (South/Eastern) Asia from the nineteen-eighties through the present. Of particular focus is the role of both design and designers in the context of sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural upheaval.

The project is based upon a cooperation between the Württembergischer Kunstverein, the Trafó Gallery in Budapest, the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk and the Total Museum, Seoul. The exhibition comprises six sections, each of which has been developed by different curators from Europe and Asia.

The emphasis is placed on contexts such as the political transformation prevalent in the nineteen-eighties and nineties in Hungary, Poland, and former Czechoslovakia, as well as on the democratisation processes still accompanied by multifaceted conflicts today and swift economic developments in India, Thailand, and South Korea.

Activism of Graphic Imagination (ROK) / Design& People (IND) / Jerzy Janiszewski (PL) / Grzegorz Klaman (PL) / Gerard Lewandowski (PL) / Jan Matousek (Laboratory) (CZ) / Andrzej Pagowski (PL) / Monika Rak (PL) / Tomasz Sarnecki (PL) / Joska Skalník (CZ) / Marek Sobczyk (PL) / János Sugár (HU) / Noh Suntag (ROK) / Pracha Suveeranont (T) / Michal Szlaga (PL) / Henryk Tomaszewski (PL) / Ania Witkowska (PL) / Ewa Baluk-Zaborowska (PL)

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